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Date:   20 June, 2010  
Focus: Small animals - dogs, cats, hamsters, guinea pigs & rabbits.
 
A LARGE CHEEK TUMOUR & 15 ROTTEN TEETH IN AN  OLD DOG
Dr Sing Kong Yuen, BVMS (Glasgow), MRCVS
20 June, 2010
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Oral tumours do form in some dogs and people when their mouths are infected for many years.

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arge cheek tumour due to poor oral hygiene for many years grew and became infected. The young lady bought in the dog for treatment. Old dogs are always high anaesthetic risks and some vets do turn such cases away.

To ensure a good clinical outcome, the dog should be given short anaesthesias. That meant dental extraction first. 15 rotten teeth were extracted. Then another anaesthetic to excise the tumour. This must be clearly explained to the owner who might be thinking that the vet is out to fleece her by doing two surgeries instead of one.

There will be vets who do everything at one go. If the old dog dies, then it is bad luck to the owner. After all, she had signed the "Surgery Consent Form" and had understood the risks. The owner still had to pay. But death of an old companion on the operating would never be forgotten or forgiven by the owner or family members. 

In this case, the oral tumour is badly infected and rotting. It would be foolish to try and excise it after extraction of 15 rotten loose teeth. The wound would not heal well and the outcome would be unsatisfactory.

The pictures of the case are below:
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Old dog oral cheek tumour and rotten teeth bad breath dental scaling extraction toa payoh vets singapore Old dog oral cheek tumour and rotten teeth bad breath dental scaling extraction toa payoh vets singapore Old dog oral cheek tumour and rotten teeth bad breath dental scaling extraction toa payoh vets singapore Old dog oral cheek tumour and rotten teeth bad breath dental scaling extraction toa payoh vets singapore
Old dog oral cheek tumour and rotten teeth bad breath dental scaling extraction toa payoh vets singapore Old dog oral cheek tumour and rotten teeth bad breath dental scaling extraction toa payoh vets singapore Large cheek tumour due to poor oral hygiene for many years. Oral tumours do form in some dogs and people when their mouths are infected for many years. Annual dental health screening is advised.
Annual dental health screening is advised. It is much cheaper to prevent dental diseases and to get your vet to remove oral tumours than to wait for several years to do it. It is much safer for your dog too as a younger dog rarely dies from general anaesthesia.

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